The cost of the health-care services and medical treatment has increased almost three-fold in recent past. Health-care facilities are now beyond the common man’s reach. Affordability of health-care facilities have reduced considerably due to budget constraints. Budget of a household collapses if the cost of medical care goes beyond their capacity.
The growing disparity between health care and its affordability for the common man has inspired Mumbai’s two doctors to introduce a ‘One Rupee Clinic’ at city’s railway stations.
A brainchild of Dr Rahul Ghule and his younger brother Dr Amol, the clinic will be set-up and operational at Dadar, Kurla, Ghatkoper, Vashi, Wadala Road and Mulund stations in first week of May. The duo aims to set-up the clinics at 14 other stations by June.
“My mother met with an accident and as she could not get medical help for over an hour-and-a-and-half. She was admitted to the hospital for six months and she has been paralysed. This incident prompted us to think about doing our bit to save others. So, the one rupee clinic idea was born,” said Dr Rahul.
At one rupee clinic is a common man’s clinic, wherein people can avail medical facilities by paying just one rupee. The aim of the clinic is to provide health-care facilities to common man.
On an average, 18 accidents take place every day on Mumbai suburban railway line. In 2016, 3,208 passengers lost their lives and till March 2017, 633 people died in various accidents. Most of these people die due to unavailability of immediate medical aid.
“First hour after an accident is considered as ‘golden’ hour. If victims get medical aid, then their chances of survival are high. So, with these clinics, it is our motto to strive to save as many lives as possible by providing the required and immediate medical aid in the golden hour,” the doctor added.
Highlights of One Rupee Clinic:
- At each station, a team of around five doctors will be available.
- These doctors are MBBS.
- Specialist MD doctors will visit the clinics for around four house hours every day.
- It will be a 24-hours medical facility.
- Doctors associated with the clinic are volunteers who have opted for community service.
- Around 100 doctors and specialists from all medical fields will treat patients.
- Medicines will be made available at 20% discount
- For blood, sonography and other tests, patients will be charged 40% less than actual market price.
Dr Rahul appreciates the support he received from the Railways management to let their dream come true.
“Nearly 75 lakh commuters use Mumbai’s suburban local trains every day and the one rupee clinic will definitely prove helpful for the commuters,” says a hopeful Dr Rahul.